COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD : MADAGASCAR

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Travel Information Madagascar


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General Information

  • FLAG 🇲🇬
  • CAPITAL Antananarivo
  • GOVERNMENT Republic
  • CURRENCY ariary (MGA)
  • POPULATION 21,095,469 (July 2007 est.) 
  • TOTAL AREA total: 587,040 km² (water: 5,500 km² land: 581,540 km²)
  • LANGUAGES Malagasy (national & official) French (official) 
  • DECIMAL SYSTEM Madagascar uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
  • TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC+03:00
  • LOCATION Madagascar is located in Eastern Africa

Most popular cities in Madagascar

  • Antananarivo Capital city, always refered to as “Tana” by the locals.
  • Antsiranana Capital of Diana region, one of the most colonized cites in Madagascar
  • Andoany (also commonly known as Hell-Ville)
  • Toamasina
  • Morondava
  • Toliara
  • Taolagnaro
  • Antsirabe
  • Ambositra
  • Fianarantsoa
  • Vatomandry
  • Maroantsetra

Sockets & Plugs

Madagascar uses 220V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type E.

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Money

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Currency

Madagascar uses the Malagasy ariary (symbol: Ar), code MGA.

Banknotes come in denominations of 10000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200 and 100 ariary. Ariary is subdivided into 5 iraimbilanjas. Coins come in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 4, 2 and 1 ariarys and 1 iraimbilanjas.

ATM’S

Rare

Automatic teller machines are rare in Madagascar. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.

You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping

Not expected, but can leave extra tip

Tipping is usually not expected in Madagascar. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip. Receipts might sometimes include a service charge. If there is a service charge there is no need to tip.

Communication

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Internet

Internet speed in Madagascar is on average 3.3 Mbps.

WiFi coverage in Madagascar is very low. It’s quite hard to find one.

Mobile phone

You can buy a SIM card for about 57,435.60 MGA, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Orange, Airtel or Telma.

Mobile phones

Madagascar uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900.

Roaming

If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Madagascar upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Dial code

+261

To call Madagascar, dial +, then 261 (the country code for Madagascar), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.

Crime

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High crime rate

Madagascar has a high crime rate . Keep large amounts of money, expensive jewellery, cameras and phones out of sight. Don’t change or withdraw large sums of money in busy public areas including foreign exchange facilities or ATMs. Thieves operate at international airports, and bus and railway stations. Keep your valuables safe and baggage with you at all times. Don’t pick up strangers or stop to help apparently distressed motorists, as this is a technique sometimes used by hijackers.

Pickpocketing/theft

It’s highly recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.

Transport

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Driving license

IDP is required

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home

Rent a car

In order to rent a car:

  • you must be over 25
  • must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
  • almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)

Alcohol, drugs & prostitution

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Prostitution

Illegal

Prostitution is illegal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.

Drugs

Cannabis is illegal & criminalized

Drugs (including cannabis/marijuana) are illegal & criminalized which means you are risking jail time with other penalties (fine, community service, rehabilitation) if you are caught.

Other

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Emergency numbers

  • Police 117
  • Ambulance 124
  • Fire department 118
  • Traffic police 3600

Vaccinations

Vaccinations listed are recommended

The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

  • Typhoid fever
  • Hepatitis A
  • Yellow Fever

These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.

  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies

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